All terminal emulation software (Extra!, Minisoft, TNHost, etc) that our users connect to us with have file transfer capability using an IBM program called “IND$FILE”. When the target system is specified as CICS, all data is transfered via temporary storage queues (transient data sets). For IND$FILE to work with Com-Plete, the target system must be specified as TSO.
Unfortunately, there is no way to option the emulation software to directly call Broker. The software is definitely limited in this area. We are an application service provider - utility companies contract with us for service. As such, we have no control or access to their networks. Many of these customers connect to us using dedicated phone lines (not IP based). Since we are not in a position to have our customers change how they connect to our application (and transfer data), we must continue the existing 2-step process.
Downloads and uploads are done at separate times. Typical procedure is user will download information from our system to load into their local meter reading system - then they go into the field to read utility meters - then upon return, they upload the meter reading data back into our system so we can produce utility bills.
This would be a no-brainer if I could directly read the TSO datasets from online Natural. This whole process becomes moot when we upgrade to NAT4 later this year. Sounds like my interim choices are to try to learn RPC or get ESS in-house.